west africa

Solar energy: A catalyst for transforming lives in West Africa

Solar energy is lighting the pathway to a better future for rural youth and women in West Africa; that’s according to an engineer from Burkina Faso who attended a recent UN conference in Turkey devoted to the world’s Least Developed Countri

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Piracy on steady decline in the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy and armed robbery in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea has been on a steady decline over the past few years, but insecurity remains a source of concern a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday.

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Diversify to grow the economy, says top economist in Gabon

Diversifying Gabon’s economy will make it more resilient in the face of plunging oil prices.

That’s according to International Monetary Fund’s Mission Chief for the West African country, Montfort Mlachila.

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US$900 million loan from IMF supports Ghana’s economic recovery

Ghana has received more than US$114 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support its economic recovery following several years of turbulence.

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UN and Africa: focus on prison conditions in Benin, drought in Ethiopia and Niger elections

Benin authorities urged to tackle “inhumane” prison conditions

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West Africa: UN Security Council welcomes positive developments, but concerned about political tensions

Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.”

Development in the Sahel is slowing

The development of countries in the Sahel region is slowing due to radicalization, youth unemployment and the lack of participation by women in politics and the economy.

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Defeating terrorists on the battlefield is not enough

Defeating terrorism militarily is only the beginning of the global fight against violent extremism, US President Barack Obama said at a UN summit on Tuesday.

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Coordination among partners leads to “timely” Ebola response in Guinea

The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a concerted effort between the UN and civil society, ensuring that help is “reaching the right people, in the right areas, in a timely fashion.”

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Getting West African food staples to market

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.

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